Former Diplomat and DOJ Attorney Rashad Hussain Nominated for IRF Ambassador

08/02/2021 United States (International Christian Concern) – The Biden administration has nominated a new Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom. Rashad Hussain is entering the confirmation process and is expected to be confirmed after which he will join the Department of State’s Office of International Religious Freedom.

Hussain brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position of IRF Ambassador. He is an attorney who served as an associate White House Counsel and as the United States Special Envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation under then President Barack Obama. Hussain also served in the Department of Justice as a trial attorney as well as a criminal and national security prosecutor. He has developed key partnerships and relationships abroad throughout his career and is well postured to press US interests in international religious freedom.

Hussain was born in Wyoming to Indian American parents and would be the first Muslim to hold the post of IRF Ambassador. His educational background includes the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Harvard, and Yale.

“At International Christian Concern we are excited to see the Biden administration nominate Rashad Hussain for the post of Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom and are praying for a successful confirmation process as well as a strong continuation of Ambassador Brownback’s legacy in international religious freedom. Christians in India, Pakistan, China, North Korea, Nigeria and across the Middle East need strong advocates in the United States to lead on advancing their fundamental human right to follow Jesus,” said Matias Perttula, Director of Advocacy at International Christian Concern.

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